Joe is your guide in the Phonics Shed garden and will introduce you to all of our characters. Each character you meet will teach you a new grapheme-phoneme correspondance.
The weekly planning and overview documents are supported by physical and digital books, flashcards and all the supplementary resources needed to follow our comprehensive multi-sensory scheme. You even get a Joe puppet to introduce to the children and to support your teaching!
Our programme provides a systematic way to teach reading through synthetic phonics. Children are taught to decode by breaking down words into sounds as a way to “synthesize” the whole word from letters and sounds. By using our fully-resourced and editable planning sequences, children are taught, through techniques such as our ‘Say It, Stretch It, Sound It,’ to decode by breaking down words into sounds as a way to segment and blend (“synthesise“) the whole word with the learning reinforced by our offline and online multi-sensory tasks and games.
Through our original series of storybooks set in the Phonics Shed garden with Joe as a guide, children are introduced to the 44+ phonemes of the English language and the 100 most commonly used words (High Frequency Words). Each storybook introduces a new character and its associated grapheme phoneme correspondence (GPC) allowing children to develop in their phonics attainment as they get to know the Phonics Shed characters and progress through the series.
Our read-aloud teaching book series comprises 120 stories which are available to purchase as hard copies and also available digitally via our websites to display on interactive whiteboards or via screen-share for remote teaching.
In addition to our narrative storybook series, we have a set of decodable reading books which spans the programme’s range. In these stories, many familiar characters appear but the words are strictly limited to those that are either decodable by the current stage of learning or are explicitly teachable as partially-decodable common exception words.
Our scheme provides a multi-sensory systematic progression through synthetic phonics beginning with sound-making and early reading at pre-school, through the requirements of the Year 1 phonics screening check and onto our complementary Spelling Shed scheme.
Each lesson includes:
It is the combination of these elements that makes our scheme so powerful. The combination of our systematic approach with so many different "hooks" into learning means children's learning is accelerated.
Our scheme is a classroom teaching resource strongly supported by online games, resources and tools. Our narrative book series and decodable books, lesson plans, guidance documents and training videos are available in digital formats which will allow teachers to display them on a variety of devices, including interactive whiteboards and screencasts, for in-school or at-home learning.
Our planning links to a series of new and original games. The games include the nine key pre-school areas from Chapter 1, such as our online body percussion game. Games support the learning progression through each phase (or chapter) with the game sequences progressing and supporting learning of each grapheme-phoneme correspondence in a variety of ways. Children can access the games as part of in-class phonics teaching, and as independent online activities which can be played in school or at home.
As part of all Phonics Shed subscriptions, we provide an easy to use assessment tool that acts as a screening for phonics knowledge. The assessment process extends to alien words and gives detailed reporting to enable teachers to identify gaps in pupils' phonics knowledge.
Our digital games add another layer of data to the assessment profile, as all in-game responses are automatically marked and populate an intuitive reporting dashboard, allowing teachers to assign personalised online tasks or follow up with one-to-one or small group interventions.
In April 2021, the Department for Education published revised criteria for effective systematic synthetic phonics teaching programmes. We are listed on the DfE website as a validated systematic synthetic phonics program at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/choosing-a-phonics-teaching-programme/list-of-phonics-teaching-programmes.